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Feasibility study for meta-analysis of red-throated diver displacement 2017


The aim of this report is to assess the feasibility and levels of stakeholder interest in undertaking a meta-analysis of data on displacement of red-throated divers Gavia stellata by offshore wind farms.


To meet the overall aim of this project, there were three objectives:

  • Assess the amount of data that has been collected on red-throated diver abundance and distribution in relation to offshore wind farms (OWFs) and the availability of that data for the proposed meta-analysis.

  • Consider which statistical approaches could feasibly be used in the meta-analysis, given the quality and quantity of data.

  • Assess levels of stakeholder interest in the outputs of the meta-analysis and willingness to contribute data and/or funds to the meta-analysis.

These three objectives determine the structure of this report, with each one addressed in a free-standing section. Discussion of the issue of the population level consequences of displacement for red-throated divers is outside the scope of this project aim and objectives.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2017·07·01

Coppack, T., Searle, K., Butler, A., Daunt, F., Dirksen, S., Petersen, I-K., Rehfisch, M. & Buisson, R. 2017. Feasibility study for meta-analysis of red-throated diver displacement. JNCC Report No. 604. JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

The majority of studies that have combined data from different survey platforms for marine birds have used traditional boat-based and visual aerial transect methods. Results are mixed, but in general, these studies demonstrate that it is possible to combine data from these two platforms to better inform estimates of red-throated diver densities.

Responsible organisation
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·07·09

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

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